Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you want to do during breaks?”
“Steven Kotler makes a great distinction between passive and active recovery.
Passive recovery means recovering energy by not doing anything.
Active recovery means doing specific activities that better help you recover energy.
Both help you recover energy; the latter is more efficient at it.
In Steven’s system, active recovery has two components, what he calls a ‘mental shift‘, and a ‘physiological shift‘.
Mental shift means state management. In practical terms that may mean one or more micro-moments of positivity [<link; short read], such as smiling and connecting with your highest aspirations.
Physiological shift means breathing and movement. In practical terms that may mean a 5-minute moving meditation, and/or a walk.
To answer your question, during breaks I want to
Center (mental shift),
Reflect on the previous time-block (Learning Cycle), and
Move (physiological shift).”
“What if you centered and reflected while moving?
“I like the idea.”